Verizon Fios Home Internet Review 2021
|Internet 200/200||$39.99/mo.||200 Mbps||View Plans|
|Internet 400/400||$64.99/mo.||400 Mbps||View Plans|
|Fios Gigabit Connection||$89.99/mo.||Up to 940 Mbps||View Plans|
If we had any choice of internet service provider (ISP), Verizon Fios Home Internet would be our first choice. Why? Verizon Fios Home Internet consistently tops the charts for fast download speeds, low prices, and good customer service.
While its prices and speeds vary depending on where you live, we think you’ll get a fair deal from Verizon Fios without having to sign an annual contract. Plus, it offers fully fiber internet and continues to expand its 5G and 4G LTE Home Internet options in other locations—including some cities where you can’t get Fios Home Internet service.
- Fast, symmetrical fiber speeds
- Reliable service
- No annual contracts
- Limited availability
|Internet 200/200||$39.99/mo.*||200 Mbps||View Plans|
|Internet 300/300||$39.99/mo.*||300 Mbps||View Plans|
|Internet 400/400||$64.99/mo.*||400 Mbps||View Plans|
|Internet 500/500||$64.99/mo.*||500 Mbps||View Plans|
|Fios Gigabit Connection||$89.99/mo.†||Up to 940 Mbps||View Plans|
Verizon Fios Internet Deals
Looking for a Verizon Fios deal? Look no further.
Now is the perfect time to take advantage of Verizon’s 100% fiber-optic network
- discovery+ for 3 months
Order Verizon Fios Home Internet 400 Mbps or 500 Mbps and get:
- discovery+ for 6 months
Order Verizon Fios Home Internet Gigabit Connection (up to 940/880 Mbps)
- discovery+ for 12 months
- $100 Verizon gift card
- Router rental included
- Stream TV device included
Order online and Verizon will waive the $99 standard setup charge
Verizon Fios Home Internet prices and plans
Verizon Fios Home Internet’s fair prices earned it our Editor’s Choice award for best ISP.
Verizon Fios Home Internet gives you a handful of internet speed options to choose from, and we’re happy to see they’re all reasonably priced.
But you may notice that some higher-speed packages cost the same as a lower-speed package. For example, both the Internet 200/200 and Internet 300/300 plans cost the same monthly price.
The reason for this is because the Internet 300/300 and Internet 500/500 plans are available only in limited areas of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. But if you don’t live in that area, rest assured that Verizon Fios will still hook you up with reliably fast internet speeds.
|Plan||Price||Download speed||Upload speed||Details|
|Internet 200/200||$39.99/mo.*||200 Mbps||200 Mbps||View Plans|
|Internet 300/300||$39.99/mo.*||300 Mbps||300 Mbps||View Plans|
|Internet 400/400||$64.99/mo.*||400 Mbps||400 Mbps||View Plans|
|Internet 500/500||$64.99/mo.*||500 Mbps||500 Mbps||View Plans|
|Fios Gigabit Connection||$89.99/mo.†||Up to 940 Mbps||Up to 880 Mbps||View Plans|
With Verizon Fios Home Internet, the only exception to the symmetrical, or identical, download and upload speeds is the Fios Gigabit Connection plan with up to 940 Mbps download speeds and up to 880 Mbps upload speeds. (This is a pretty common set of speeds for most fiber internet providers, so you’re not getting the short end of the stick.)
We usually like to see some low-cost, low-speed internet plans when reviewing an ISP. But we have to admit that the low starting price for the Internet 200/200 and Internet 300/300 plans make them a fairly reasonable choice for even a small family that doesn’t spend much time online.
Is Verizon Fios Home Internet cheap?
You wouldn’t be paying much more for Verizon Fios Home Internet service than you would if you grabbed a lower-speed plan from another ISP. And with those speeds, you’ll be ready for almost anything—streaming Netflix in 4K, online gaming, or working from home—if the occasion arises.
Speaking of, Verizon’s 200 Mbps plan is on the cheap side compared to other 200 Mbps plans out there—and its cost is right in line with other internet providers you’ll see in the Northeastern US, like Xfinity and RCN.
This rings doubly true for Verizon’s Fios Gigabit Connection plan. We’ve seen plans with near-gig speeds like this one ring in at the tune of $100 or more each month. (Yes, we’re giving the side-eye to Spectrum.)
|Provider||Monthly price||Download speeds||Connection Type||Learn more|
|Verizon Fios Home Internet||$39.99–$89.99||200–940 Mbps||Fiber||View Plans|
|RCN Internet||$32–$54.99‡||300–1000 Mbps||Cable||View Plans|
|Xfinity Internet||$59.99–$79.99^||400–1000 Mbps||Cable/Fiber||View Plans|
Notice, too, that other internet providers in the Northeast, like RCN and Xfinity, rope you into a contract and offer those promotional prices for only a year or so. While we can’t say that Verizon Fios Home Internet prices won’t go up, the fact that its fine print doesn’t spell out a timeline for those prices gives us hope that prices won’t keep climbing the stairway to heaven.
Where can you get Verizon Fios Home Internet
Currently, Verizon Fios Home Internet is available in the following Northeastern states:
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
- Washington, DC
Data effective 11/16/2020. Availability varies by location and is subject to change.
But if you don’t call the Northeastern US home, don’t hang your head just yet. Verizon also launched 5G Home Internet service in quite a few cities across the US, including San Jose, CA, and Chicago, IL. And it’s expanding a Verizon 4G LTE Home Internet service to more rural areas that may lack much choice when it comes to internet service.
Verizon Fios Home Internet speed and data
Thanks to its fiber network, Verizon Fios offers reliably fast download and upload speeds.
Verizon Fios Home Internet comes with symmetrical download and upload speeds starting at 200 Mbps.
Those symmetrical, or same, download and upload speeds are unique to fiber internet. And that’s a huge deal for videographers and photographers who upload a lot of huge files or for anyone who works with large files in their home office, for that matter.
|Provider||Download speeds||Upload speeds|
|Verizon Fios Home Internet||200–Up to 940 Mbps||200–Up to 880 Mbps|
Verizon Fios Home Internet’s speeds top off at up to 940 Mbps download speeds and up to 880 Mbps upload speeds.
That’s not as symmetrical as, say, 200 download and 200 upload, but you’ll see these speeds paired together with other fiber internet providers too. We’d say those speeds are close—and fast—enough that you won’t even notice that slight difference in download and upload speed.
|Provider||Weighted speed score*||Overall rank|
|Verizon Fios Home Internet||65.1 out of 100||2nd out of 38 ISPs|
*The Reviews.org weighted speed score is based on 2019 averages for each ISP’s download speeds (70% of score), upload speeds (20%) and latency (10%).
Check out our guide to how many Mbps you need to find out the right internet speed for you.
Verizon Fios Home Internet plans don’t spell out a data limit policy, so we take that to mean you can use the internet as you will. And unless you hear otherwise, you’ll be good to stream movies for your weekend date night or download patch updates for your game.
This is a big plus for file-sharing and (legally) downloading HD movies or online games. Sadly, the same can’t be said for for our friends who just got a new PlayStation 5 and blew past their Xfinity data cap while downloading all the games.
Verizon Fios Home Internet contracts, equipment, and fees
Verizon Fios doesn’t tack on surprise fees or lock you into annual contracts.
Along with no annual contracts, Verizon Fios’s prices don’t come with surprises.
That means no surprise monthly fees—you’ll just pay for your internet plan and equipment rental. (But if you grab Fios Gigabit Connection, your equipment fee is included too.) Even your installation fee is waived if you order your internet online.
This is probably the simplest contract, equipment, and fees review we’ve ever written for an ISP. We’d like to give Verizon Fios a standing ovation for keeping things simple.
Here’s one thing you should know about fiber internet: it uses something called an Optical Network Terminal (ONT) instead of a traditional modem.
The Verizon Fios ONT can be installed on the outside of your house or inside in places like your garage, a closet, or your basement. The ONT converts the light signals that fiber internet uses into copper and electrical signals your router can understand.
As for routers, you’ll likely receive the Fios Router G3100, which features new, faster Wi-Fi 6 technology. A Verizon Fios router costs $15.00 each month to rent—unless you grab the Fios Gigabit Connection plan.
You also have the option to buy your router outright, which might be cheaper in the long run. (Some of the official Verizon Fios routers, like the G3100, go on sale on Amazon for cheaper than the Verizon buyout price.*)
On top of that, you can grab a Wi-Fi extender from Verizon too. Wi-Fi extenders are perfect for stretching your wireless connection to those hard-to-reach spots in a large house—or if your router has to sit in a far-away corner.
Here’s a quick look at the Verizon Fios router and Wi-Fi extender:
- Fios Router G3100: $299.99 buyout or $15.00/month rental
- Fios Extender: $199.99 buyout or $10.00/month rental
Service fees, who needs ‘em? We love that Verizon Fios doesn’t bombard you with handfuls of random service fees like some other ISPs do.
You might pay an installation fee if you don’t order online, and you may also pay a monthly equipment rental charge. But those are far more straightforward than something like a “Wi-Fi activation fee” or monthly charge to keep any service technician visits from blowing up your wallet. (Both of these service fees exist out in the wild. You’ve been warned.)
- Installation fee: None if you order online, otherwise a set-up fee of $99.00.
- Equipment rental charge: $15.00 a month for all plans except the Fios Gigabit Connection plan.
- Early termination fee: Verizon Fios has no annual contracts, so no early termination fees.
Verizon Fios customer service
Every Verizon Fios Home Internet customer we’ve talked to had glowing remarks about customer service.
Verizon’s well-known for taking care of its customers, which is no small feat in the internet industry.
Most of us dread the thought of picking up our phone and calling our ISP. But Verizon Fios Home Internet earned top marks in HighSpeedInternet.com’s customer satisfaction survey.
|HighSpeedInternet.com customer satisfaction||3.96 out of 5|
A buddy of ours in Virginia swears by his Verizon Fios Home Internet service and recommends it to anyone who asks. He told us he rarely has to call customer service despite using the internet almost constantly (he’s a gamer and streamer). And when he does, he’s promptly taken care of, he said.
If you do need to get a hold of a Verizon Fios customer service rep, there are a few ways to do that:
Our picks: The best Verizon Fios Home Internet plans
Best for solo web surfers: Internet 200/200
Who it’s best for: If you’re sticking to a budget, you can still get fast enough internet speeds for multiple users to do regular work and even stream and game a bit.
Why we picked it: Our small household with a handful of devices and two serious gamers gets by just fine with 200 Mbps. And this price for the speed is right on target.
Data effective 11/16/2020. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
*w/ Auto Pay + taxes & equip charges
Best for large families of gamers and streamers: Fios Gigabit Connection
Who it’s best for: Is your house home to five or more people? Do you all like to stream movies, game, and maybe get a little work from home done on the side? Does a famous YouTuber live in your home? The Fios Gigabit Connection plan is pretty much made for you.
Why we picked it: We’ve seen far higher prices for near-gig speeds from other internet service providers. We’ve also seen slower speeds for the same price or more. That makes the Fios Gigabit Connection plan a bargain—but if you don’t quite need these speeds, the Internet 400/400 plan hits the sweet spot between price and speed too.
Data effective 11/16/2020. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
*w/ Auto Pay + taxes
Pair Verizon Fios Home Internet with Fios TV
If you’re tired of pre-packaged internet and TV bundles, you’re not alone. We think the folks at Verizon Fios are also weary of one-size-does-not-fit-all bundles, because they created a way for you to mix and match an internet speed with the Fios TV service you want.
We picked the 400 Mbps Internet + Your Fios TV as a well-priced combo. But seriously, you can and should play around with your options when it comes to mixing and matching your Verizon Fios services.
Data effective 11/17/2020. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
*General: For new eligible TV and/or Internet res. custs. Availability varies. Wired & wireless Internet speeds vary due to device limits, multiple users, network & other factors. See Verizon.com/yourspeed for more info. $15/mo. router and $99 setup charges & other taxes & terms may apply. Auto Pay & paper-free billing reqd. Subj. to credit approval & may require a deposit. Fios TV: $12/mo. STB charge may apply.
Recap: Is Verizon Fios Home Internet good?
We like pretty much everything about Verizon Fios’s internet service: fast speeds, decent prices that can include your equipment and installation charges, no annual contracts, and excellent customer service.
We do wish Verizon Fios Home Internet offered service in more areas of the US, but overall, we’re pleased with what it’s got going on.
- Prices and plans: Prices for Verizon Fios Home Internet are lower than what you might see from competitors. And it offers quite a few different speeds to choose from, so you’re more likely to find a plan and a price that fit your needs.
- Speed: Verizon Fios Home Internet regularly earns top marks when we analyze speed tests from around the US. If we were betting people, we’d wager you’ll get the speeds you pay for.
- Contracts, equipment, and fees: No contracts and no hidden fees. Now that’s a sentence we love to type. Verizon Fios does have a monthly equipment charge for all but its Fios Gigabit Connection plan though.
- Customer service: We consistently hear praise for Verizon Fios customer service, and that’s quite an achievement for an internet provider.
Verizon Fios Home Internet plans recap
- Internet 200/200: $39.99/mo.*, 200 Mbps download speeds
- Internet 300/300: $39.99/mo.*, 300 Mbps download speeds (limited availability in NY, NJ, and CT only)
- Internet 400/400: $64.99/mo.*, 400 Mbps download speeds
- Internet 500/500: $64.99/mo.*, 500 Mbps download speeds (limited availability in NY, NJ, and CT only)
- Fios Gigabit Connection: $89.99/mo.**, up to 940 Mbps download speeds
Data effective 8/4/2021. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
*w/ Auto Pay + taxes & equip charges
**w/ Auto Pay + taxes
Q: Does Verizon provide any COVID-19 support?
Verizon continues to offer resources in response to COVID-19. You can read the latest news on what Verizon is doing to keep its employees and customers safe.
- Catherine McNally, Reviews.org, “The Fastest Internet Providers,” October 2020. Accessed November 16, 2020.
- Rebecca Lee Armstrong, HighSpeedInternet.com, “2020’s Best Internet Providers in Customer Satisfaction,” May 2020. Accessed November 17, 2020.
*Reviews.org uses Amazon affiliate links.